Things to do in Zagreb

Best explored on foot, Croatia’s capital promises bustling bars, unusual museums, and medieval gems.

Our most recommended things to do in Zagreb

From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

1. From Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes and Rastoke Day Trip

Admire the mesmerizing beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park in the company of a professional guide as you enjoy a memorable hike and boat ride. Start your day with transportation by van. Then, get ready to savor the spectacle of 16 azure lakes surrounded by gushing waterfalls as you explore Plitvice Lakes during an 8.5 km hike and 20-minute boat ride. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Croatia as you gain fascinating insights from your guide, and experience fantastic views across the Croatian countryside on the journey to and from the park. Marvel at the fairytale village of Rastoke en route to the park, and get snaps of its 17th-century watermills.

Hop On Hop Off Panoramic bus - Zagreb City Tour

2. Hop On Hop Off Panoramic bus - Zagreb City Tour

This is the perfect opportunity to customize your own tour, you can hop-on, hop-off at any stop to explore Zagreb at your leisure. With this service, you can pick and choose your journey and discover everything there is to see of Croatia's historic capital. With just one ticket you can get on and off at as many stops as you like. Free WIFI is provided on board. Make the most of all the advantages and discounts that your Zagreb City Tour booklet provides you with, just present your booklet when when purchasing the listed services and save money. With the coupons you get discounts at selected attractions, shops and restaurants in Zagreb. Hop On Hop Off Zagreb City Tour operates every day and is the best (and cheapest) option to see the main attractions in the Zagreb in the shortest period of time.

Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

3. Zagreb: Plitvice Lakes National Park and Rastoke Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Zagreb, and then make your way to the 16 lakes of the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Site to take a nature walk through the magnificent woodlands of Gornja Jezera (Upper Lakes). Marvel at a system of 12 lakes separated by travertine barriers and take a closer look at the marble formations of the incredible natural phenomenon. Learn how the lakes, karst rivers and streams are an ongoing process that continue to shape the landscape over time. See some of the magnificent waterfalls and stand in front of the 78-meter high Large Waterfall (Veliki slap) to hear the roaring thunder of the water as it hits the ground. If you are looking for a full-day adventure, you have the option to book this experience with a morning city tour. If you book this option, you will meet your local guide at 9 am for a tour of the city before departing for the lakes.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled with Minivan Day Trip

4. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled with Minivan Day Trip

Take a day to capture the spirit of magical Slovenia, visiting the two most sighted Slovenian gems. Take a scenic drive from Zagreb and discover the conutryside, before exploring Ljubljana and the Alpine resort of Bled. Set off in a small group (max. 8 people) from the capital Zagreb and enjoy a scenic drive through the beautiful Croatian and Slovenian countryside. Get familiar with the itinerary for the day, as well as information about the sites you are visiting and the general history of Croatia and Slovenia. Arrive at Ljubljana. On your arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour around the city center. Besides seeing many historical buildings and monuments you will climb up with funicular to the 13th-century medieval fortress, a symbol of the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. There, you can see spectacular views of the town and Alp mountains in the distance. Gain a deeper understanding of the city's landmarks and more confidence to navigate on your own for the next 1 hour of your free time. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled. Upon arrival, ride up to the top of the cliff which seats the oldest castle in Slovenia. Be hypnotized by the views of Lake Bled, surrounded by stoic mountains. The whole castle is one big museum where you will learn all about Bleds culture and history. After about 45 minutes at the castle, descend down to Bled town which sits on the edge of the lake. Go explore, sit down for a coffee, order the famous Bled cream cake, or if you are more adventurous, rent a bicycle a do a spin around the lake. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy a scenic ride back to Zagreb.

Zagreb: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Museum of Broken Relationships

5. Zagreb: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Museum of Broken Relationships

Gain entry with skip-the-line tickets and go on an emotional journey around the world through hundreds of break-ups and discover that art can be found in everyday life and objects. The Museum of Broken Relationships offers a unique public space that connects people in their joint experience of feeling love and heartache. Feel welcomed by friendly staff who are there to answer every question you may have. Begin exploring the displays which counts around 100 stories donated by people from all over the world as a way to bring closure to a broken relationship.  You are invited on an empathetic journey to the depths of the human heart to explore our ultimate need for love and connection despite the difficulties that go with it. It is a desire to connect you in meaningful ways across growing divides of class, community, and culture that seem to define the world.

Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

6. Zagreb: 2.5-Hour Walking Tour with Funicular Ride

Get an introduction to the rich history of the Croatian capital, dating back to medieval times, on a 2.5-hour guided walk. Your local guide will take you from the main square, Ban Jelacic, to the cathedral, which is one of the most important landmarks in the city. Hear about the origins of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the difficulties it has sustained, and its renovation. Your route takes you to vibrant Tkalciceva Street, better known as the bar street, where there’s always a steady stream of people. Hear about the philosophy of lounging and other everyday habits of the locals. A short stroll away is the charming funicular. This is the oldest form of public transportation in the city and has brought joy to the citizens of Zagreb for over 125 years. Hop on and take a ride to Gradec, the upper town. Gradec is one of the 2 medieval settlements that formed Zagreb. Take a walk along the charming Strossmayer promenade, the best spot for panoramic views of Zagreb rooftops. See the Lotrscak Tower and Saint Mark’s Church. The church with its picturesque rooftop appear on the postcard that is most frequently sent from Zagreb. Explore the side streets, discover their charm, and perhaps even enter one of the old courtyards. Descend to the oldest pharmacy in Zagreb, dating from the 14th century. Walk through the stone gate as you leave the upper town. The gate was a part of the defense system for the old city and is the only gate that has survived. Inside there is a small chapel housing the miraculous picture depicting Our Lady, the patron saint of Zagreb. After your visit to the old town, your guide will tell you about witchcraft and the Brotherhood of the Croatian Dragon, and show you some hidden gems of the city. Your tour ends back at the main square, where you’ll learn how Zagreb got its name before saying goodbye to your guide.

From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

7. From Zagreb: Ljubljana and Lake Bled Tour

Explore the city of Ljubljana and the iconic Lake Bled on a guided sightseeing tour from Zagreb. Marvel at the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, hop on a boat on the lake and soak in the panoramic views of the surroundings before driving back to Zagreb. Depart Zagreb in the morning and head to the capital city of Slovenia to take a guided tour of the old city center of Ljubljana. See some of the finest works by the architect Jože Plečnik before experiencing the local vibe and discovering where the residents buy their food. Hear why Napoleon was one of the city's most popular politicians, why Slovenia lives with love in its name, and how the iconic Triple Bridge got its name. Have free time to explore the hidden spots on your own. Continue to the Alpine resort of Bled and go to the old castle perched on top of a steep cliff above the lake. Take in the spectacular views of the surroundings from the terraces and then board a traditional boat to reach the only true island in Slovenia. Ring the fortune bell and soak up the sun and fresh mountain air before being dropped off at your hotel in the evening.

Zagreb: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

8. Zagreb: Museum of Illusions Entrance Ticket

Book your entrance ticket for Zagreb’s Museum of Illusions and get access to over 70 exhibits including one of the largest hologram exhibitions in Europe.  Defy gravity in a room where water flows uphill and see your friends grow or shrink right before your eyes. Get lost in a maze of mirrors, serve somebody`s head on a tray, or climb up onto the ceiling.  Watch each optical illusion and carefully view each installation. They are entertaining and brilliant reminders that our perception of the world is sometimes just a perception.  Be amazed by awesome tricks that will teach you about vision, perception, the human brain, and science. Learn why it easier to perceive why your eyes and see things that your brain cannot understand.  Visit the playroom, which contains intriguing and educational games and puzzles. at the end of your visit, make sure you take a photo of your accomplishment in the Rotated Room.

Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

9. Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour from Zagreb

Leave Zagreb and head to the Lika region. The first stop on the itinerary is the picturesque watermill village of Rastoke, located at the confluence of the Slunjčica and Korana rivers. Take a stroll through the town to admire the unique rural architecture. The tour continue on to Plitvice Lakes National Park. This is Croatia’s oldest and most visited national park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. For centuries, water has formed waterfalls and created 16 crystal-clear lakes in this area. Enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the forest landscape and the lakes that are connected by a series of waterfalls. Board an electric boat to cross Lake Kozjak and learn more about karst formations and the abundant animal life in the park. Become one with nature, enjoy the clean fresh air and marvel at the breathtaking views that surround you. The guide will be with you and your small group throughout the day, and will share some interesting stories about the areas you visit and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Zagreb: Taste Zagreb Food Tour

10. Zagreb: Taste Zagreb Food Tour

In this tour you will visit the central spots in Zagreb, expand your knowledge about the city's history and traditions, try different local dishes, and make unforgettable memories with other happy guests. The tour starts on the main city square where you will meet your guide, before heading to the central green market. At the market, you will taste fresh, local ingredients and dishes such as simple a homemade peasant dish, "sir i vrhnje" (cottage cheese), a crusty puffed pastry with fillings ("burek"), and some of the local fish and meat dishes ("srdele i ćevapi"). While in Zagreb, you have to try the unusual authentic dessert, which is best when it's served warm ("štrukli"). As well as this, you will also see how chocolate tastes in Zagreb, since the locals have their own chocolate factory. To provide a good image of what is traditional in Croatia, this tour also includes some of the delicious foods from other Croatian regions such as Dalmatian "pršut" and Istrian olives. To remember the complicated names of the local dishes, you will receive the materials that should make it easy for you to go back to the locations you liked, and try out the additional food recommended by your guide.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Zagreb?

The best day trips and excursions from Zagreb are:

Plitvice Lakes National Park

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What people are saying about Zagreb

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 3,476 reviews

This trip was amazing!!! Very well planned, comfortable, and the park was just beautiful - i would highly recommend. Everything is settled for you (other than food) so you can just enjoy the day and sights. We have to give a special mention to our guide Bojan who was so helpful and informative. He was a great tour guide in the park and gave us lots of info during the drive too. Our friend slipped during the tour and he really helped us out by giving us all the info we needed to go to the doctor. He dropped us off at the doctor after the tour and even helped explain what happened the front desk. We are really so thankful for his help.

Museum was not very large but there was a lot of “exhibits” - essentially it’s a collection of momentous from past relationships that are no more (romantic, parental, platonic, etc) and the story behind each momentous so it is a good amount of reading. They also have a cozy cafe bar where you can have a coffee and/or cocktail. They happened to have live music last night when I went.

Antonio, our guide, was amazing!!! He explained everything to us in detail. Very passionate and enthusiastic. We loved every moment! The trip was also amazing. We enjoyed every minute. Really worth it!

Bojan our tour guide was excellent, although the weather wasn’t the greatest, his knowledge and willingness to deliver a great service made the day full of learning and enjoyable!

This was the most amazing experience! Local culinary deliciousness! Very informative info on history and traditions of Croatia. Diana our guide was awesome! Definitely recommend!